1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship at Deloitte. The culture was great, as I received support from everyone during my 6 weeks working here, including the partners. The range of work varied, and I had the chance to work with different clients. The internship was also really structured, with a specific timetable for the whole programme together with points of contact for different projects.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone was willing to provide me help and gave me advice, no matter how busy they were. When I was shadowing a partner, even when she was busy talking to clients and her department, she still spared time to explain me what was going on in case I could not understand the topic. The champions also provided a lot of support in order to ensure we had the best time during the internship.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
A lot of support and guidance was given. At the beginning I hesitated to ask a lot of questions, worrying that I would interfere with everyone's work. However, I was eventually encouraged to ask as much as I could, and provided with extra information sources in case I still did not get it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Depends on the projects I worked on. Some of the projects were quite busy with a lot of tasks to work on, so I had quite a few deadlines during the week. However, some might not be as busy, so I would spend the day either shadowing someone in the department or go around offering help.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Surprisingly quite significant. I thought I would just only edit some spreadsheets or do some admin tasks, but my work was actually used for the projects, including a crisis simulation for a client.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I would not say it applied a lot to my degree, as my placement was rotational so I worked on different fields. However, I definitely had the chance to develop my soft skills, so it was still a plus
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really friendly. Everyone would smile with you and offer help whenever possible. I received a lot of advice which I believed helped me significantly with my work. There was a feedback system in place so that I knew how to improve for my next tasks as well. The social scene was great too. There were a lot of societies and sports to get involved with, and I was invited to a multicultural social, which I quite enjoyed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I would say it was really structured, from the beginning to the end. Before the internship, I received an email from the champions asking about my background, what my goals for the internship would be and where I would be commuting from so that they could tailor the programme for me. I really appreciated this as the projects I were assigned with were definitely helping me in achieving what I wanted to. There was also a really detailed timetable, with points of contact if needed for each project so you could prepare in advance.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
One of the projects I was assigned with involved programming. To my surprise, the manager asked a senior consultant to spend the day with me to learn some basic knowledge of programming from scratch, which I really appreciated. The buddy system was also helpful, as my buddy was a point of contact whenever I was unsure of something. Besides, there is an internal website where I could find guidance and free ebooks to enhance my knowledge.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. You are guaranteed a partner interview at the end of the internship, which could help you convert the internship into a graduate job. The conversion in my department was also quite high, with above 90% success rate. I also got a return offer after my graduation, so the internship put you in a quite good position as you do not have to worry much about jobs in final year of university.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
My intake was quite close, especially due to the fact that there was a lot of social events organised during the internship (around once every week). This means we had the chance to meet each other and catch up quite often. At the beginning of the internship, there was also an induction day, which helped break the ice among everyone.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As it was in the centre of London, cost of living was very expensive. I was lucky as I was offered a place at a friend's house for free, so it helped a bit with living expense. Costs of socialising were similarly high, but there is a subsidised canteen inside Deloitte where you can get affordable food.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
As it is the central London, the nightlife is vibrant. There is a bar just right next to the company's door. A lot of pubs and bars are also around, which take less than 10 minutes walking. If you want to go a bit further, you can go to St Paul or Holborn area, which are all still in walking distance.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were many opportunities such as sports and societies, or even volunteer work. But as a temporary employee, it was quite challenging to fully immerse in those. Aside from that, as an intern, I was invited to some department talk and social events and had the chance to meet some new people from the firm.